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Hops & Robbers | Double Trouble Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Double Trouble Brewing Co.
Ontario, Canada
doubletroublebrewing.com

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Hops and Robbers was formulated with two great friends who share a passion for Craft beer, conversation, stealth missions (Finding great beer on tap) and travel. Nathan and Claude have always been looking for the next big score for IPA’s, so we decided to produce our own beer for the local market that had a great balance, aroma and 50 IBU’s!

This is golden IPA with an exceptionally rich and complex character. Fruity aromas of lemon with hints of pineapple combine crisply with toasty caramel flavours and a tasty malt backbone. Dry hopping with cascade hops ensures more hop aromatics are retained in the finished beer. Made with pride and panache, Double Trouble Brewing’s flagship brand Hops & Robbers is refreshingly delicious.

Added by Stocean1 on 02-19-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#41,088
Reviews:
59
Ratings:
202
pDev:
15.32%
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Photo of Sammy
3.47/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The hops are here, but not greatly drinkable. What hops used? Orange citrus, just does;t hit the spot. Some hop aroma. Fast dissipating white head on light orange body. Tingling mouthfeel, a little astringent in the finish. More body, complexity needed.

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Photo of spycow
3.79/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

473ml can, new to Alberta this week, and at just north of 3 bucks a pop, well, then.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden amber hue, with a teeming amount of puffy, cushioned, and foamy dirty white head, which leaves a decent array of layered cloud lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of bready, somewhat biscuity malt, some lemon-lime bitterness, a slight tropical fruitiness, a mild pure table sugar sweetness, and soft herbal and leafy hops. The taste is more bready, somewhat caramelized malt, ethereal grapefruit and lemon fruitiness, and just tantalizing enough bitter noble hops, which exhibit mainly leafy and subdued fruity notes.

The bubbles are fairly laid back, yet undoubtedly fulfilling their prime directive, the body a decent middleweight, and generally smooth. It finishes off-dry, the malt and Upper Canada hops dancing ably together to the end.

An enjoyable IPA, old-world style, the hops always seeming to be poised to pounce, yet they never do, preferring a somewhat deflating detente, at least it appears so to this hophead. Anyways, worth a go, for the balance and overall flavour, at least.

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3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Can: Poured a light hazy orangey color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma consists of floral citrus notes with light bitter touch. Taste is a mix between some citrus hops with medium bitter notes with some non-descript malt base that is mostly dry. Body is about average with good carbonation. Not bad but really doesn’t stand out from the pack either.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.26/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought a can of this in Brantford whilst in Canada for my son's hockey tournament. It poured a clear copper with white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent is faint maybe a touch of pine with caramel. The taste is nicely balanced and easy to drink. There is some caramel malt presence and touch of pine. The Mouthfeel is lighter in body with smooth carbonation. Overall it's ok.

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3.19/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the can into a tulip pint glass.

A nice perfect copper amber colored body, and fairly clear with minimal rising carbonation. Head is slightly yellow and tan with creamy bubbles making about three to four fingers tall head. Some island and creamy dolloped top retention and ring like lacing.

Hop front has a little bit of sweet leafy herbal tea but quite subdued, some spicy qualities also but a dry grainy malt bill as well behind it.

Palate comes across a bit wet and grainy more than anything. Chalky biscuity malt bill and a weak grainy finish. Hop angle is virtually non existent, with some mild pine like bitterness that sort of lingers for a little bit. Palate is real fleeting on this one.

Overall, a drinkable beer, but a bit of an IPA dud.

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Photo of liamt07
3.66/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at C'est What, listed at 5.6% ABV.

Golden-orange in body, with a dense, creamy white head. An impressively solid cap of retention that sticks around for the duration of the pint, leaving a mass amount of lacing. Some citrus and pine on the nose, mostly orange-y. Some pale grain, perhaps a hint of caramel or breadiness - malting is subtle nonetheless. Taste has more hops, orange and clementine flavours emerge with some pine. Bitter and light grass in the finish. Medium light body with appropriate light carbonation. Somewhere between an EIPA, English Pale and American Pale - a nice pint, although a bit plain.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.96/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Fresh can B/B Nov 9/12. Poured in to Founders Tulip.

A - Light to medium gold/orange colour. One finger of off white head. Good lacing.

S - Very weak nose for an IPA. Some sweet bready malts and light English-style hopping with floral and herbal aromas.

T - Moderate bitterness up front that is much more potent than the nose suggested. Big floral and herbal notes with some lemon. Fairly balanced with a sweet beady/caramel malt backbone.

M - Medium body with a decent chew. Light carbonation.

O - Easy drinking and good balance. A good starter IPA to introduce someone to craft beer but not exciting to me.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tall Can from the LCBO Ottawa for 2.50$

Appearance - Clear amber/copper colour with a below average size frothy off-white coloured head. There is a below average amount of carbonation and there is some fairly good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, grapefruit, hay/straw/grass

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste hops, malts, and caramel. There is also a tiny bit of grapefruit, and some herbal/hay/straw/grassy notes. It ends with a grassy caramel aftertaste with a medium amount of lingering hop bitterness.

Overall - I will say that it grew on me as I progressed through my glass, but I was still a little let down with this one. I didn't get very much of the fruity pineapple flavour that was advertised on the can. Still a decent beer that is head and shoulders above most of the junk at the lcbo/beer store.

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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of biegaman
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

If it wasn't instantly apparent, Hops & Robbers is an awful pun. Or perhaps it isn't. Just 'cops and robbers' is the contrast of diametrically opposed elements, this beer, too, marries the contrary characteristics of sweet malt and bitter hops. And that much is evident in the appearance, which is part toffee and brown sugar, part tropical sunset golden.

This aroma ain't exactly the sunny beaches of San Diego... but it's definitely not the rocky shores of England either. The bouquet manages a serviceable amount of bitter citrus pith despite having a caramelly, almost nutty maltiness meddling in its affairs. But those scents of lime peel, lemon juice, and pineapple are hard to butt out.

A beer like this, which has the distinctly bitter, acidic dry taste of citrus pith, might be hard to swallow if not for also having the juicy, sweet of flavours of the fruit flesh as well. This beer tastes like a fresh-pressed juice (pineapple overwhelmingly, although papaya and lychee too) that was then lightly steeped with citrus peels and tropical oils.

Another factor attributing to the fact that this can was half gone before I could put many thoughts into words is the smoothing effect of a toasty, nutty, nearly caramelly malt profile. Those yet to be acclimatized to American IPAs should find this a good induction. It has some obnoxious qualities but an overall mild temperament.

Hops & Robbers is not an IPA that demands a calloused palate. Anyone expecting a drastically citric, overtly tropical IPA will be disappointed. I was, initially anyhow, the first time I ordered it. But these guys are no thieves and you won't feel robbed. I gladly forked over the money once they started canning (and at $2.75 who's really stealing from who?)

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Photo of wordemupg
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

473ml can poured into pint glass 11/24/12 from notes

A slight haze in a golden orange body, lots of tiny bubbles feeding a well sustained thumbs width of off white foam that leaves lots of random lace

S some citrus and candied pineapple but more butterscotch and caramel then I'm used to in an IPA, even for an EIPA the caramel malts pretty strong

T the malts are in charge in the mouth, a little rind but I'm getting dry cereals, butterscotch, caramel, and some bready notes with a metallic flavor I can't place

M medium bodied but a nice creamy feel from the bubbles, its like I've had a nitro tap installed in my can, herbal rind lingers on the finish

O pretty mellow IPA no matter what side of the pond you on, easy enough to drink but I doubt I'd look for this one again

I was stoked to see a new can of IPA on the shelf but it didn't do much for me after I opened it, its OK but a little boring

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Photo of bylerteck
3.26/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a hazy light golden colour. Fairly strong carbonation. One finger of soapy white head on top. Decent lace rings and a good half finger of retention.

S - Somewhat earthy with some pineapple and citrus.

T - Peach, earthy, mango and some breadiness. Fairly soapy, grainy, and floral too.

M - Good carbonation, medium body and not a whole heap of bitterness for an IPA.

O/D - A bit of an odd IPA. Fairly sweet fruit flavours and lacking significant bitterness. Definitely not, as the can describes, "Ontario's most sessionable IPA." Not a bad beer, just nowhere near what it claims to be and not exactly a hop bomb as they make the branding out to be. Good effort but falls short.

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Photo of DrJay
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of teamwiggum
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of grahuba
3.77/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rutager
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Liamt07!

Appearance. Pours a very clear gold with a little amber and 1.5 fingers of off-white head.

Smell. Citrus rinds and a little pine, some toasted light grains.

Taste. Toasty malts, some nice citrusy hops with a little pine and cedar, just a little alcohol.

Mouthfeel. Below medium in body with medium carbonation.

Overall. A good ipa. This would be great for an afternoon bbq.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pleasant surprise to see at the local LCBO...

A - Pours a nice clear golden colour, finger of big bubbled head, solid retention and sporadic lacing.

S - Nice sweet citrus hops, musty caramel, some earthy cedar notes and some burnt sugar.

T - Solid citrus hops off the top, the earthy bitterness comes through nicely with the musty caramel lingering on the finish.

M - Medium, smooth and a touch of dryness.

O - Definitely a sessoionable IPA with a solid dose of citrus hops and a solid caramel backbone with an earthy finish. Glad to see this locally and would be pumped if this were regularly available.

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Photo of bumchilly25
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Whatup14
3.17/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of schopenhauerale
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Jeffo
2.29/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Got this at the LCBO this past summer.

From a can into a snifter

Note: Tested this one as part of the Great Ontarian IPA Showdown against Railway City's Dead Elephant, Muskoka Mad Tom IPA, and Nickel Brook's Headstock IPA.

APPEARANCE: Pours a small, medium looking, off-white head with good retention. Hazy gamboge orange with lower levels of carbonation. Head fades to a splotchy wisp and ring. A light film remains leaving some decent lacing down the glass. Could be a touch darker for the style, but looks nice.

SMELL: Pale malts, grainy notes and a light touch of floral hops. Grainy pilsner style malts jumped out all over the place. Not my cup of IPA.

TASTE: Pale malts, caramel malts, and good grainy burst. The pilsner malts are just all over the place. Some citrus lemon and a hint of pine, but this is quite grainy for the style. Bold and lingering aftertaste of grainy pilsner malts, some bitter pine, and some malty sweetness. This is too grainy for the style for sure.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Semi-creamy on the palate, goes down fine and finishes slightly dry. Fine here.

OVERALL: The malt bill on this one it too pilsner forward for my tastes. The hop presence was alright, but that grainy pilsner malt just dominated the whole experience for me. Change the malt bill, and you might have something here. As it stands now, this is one to avoid. Dead last in the Ontario Showdown.

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of peensteen
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber colour, 1.5 fingers of white head, decent amount of lace as well. Smell is quite malt heavy, some citrus in the form of pineapple and lemon there as well, more hop comes out secondary, citrus and a very faint pine. Taste is sweet and malty at first followed almost immediately by a dry bitterness, bread and caramel flavours, citrus, pineapple, grapefruit, a bit of lemon as well that is fairly acidic as well. Medium dry carbonation making it fell a little more active, medium body, light oils. Not a bad beer for their first offering but certainly not something I will purchase a whole bunch of, nothing all that interesting but good for what it is.

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Photo of DaPan
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

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Hops & Robbers from Double Trouble Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.46 out of 5 with 202 ratings
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